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CCO Ryan Soave Launches “Breakthrough”

In July Guardian Recovery’s Chief Clinical Officer Ryan Soave launched an exclusive new podcast in partnership with The Podcast App. The podcast, called “Breakthrough,” gives listeners the opportunity to hear one-on-one coaching sessions between Ryan and his clients who are working on breaking through self-limiting beliefs.

Self-limiting beliefs are those declarative statements we believe that hold us back from manifesting our full potential. Some examples might include: “I’m not good enough”; “Relationships are a trap”; “I’m unworthy of the relationship I desire”; “I’m stupid.” These beliefs are sometimes conscious, but more often than not reside in the shadows of our mind — in our subconscious. These beliefs strongly influence our emotions and behaviors. Until we can bring these subconscious beliefs into the light and challenge them, they often control us without us even realizing their significant influence.

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The First Season of “Breakthrough”

In the first season of “Breakthrough” Ryan works with a young woman named Jade who dreams of becoming a professional dancer. Subconsciously she believes she is not good enough, and she believes that her self-worth is dependent on her financial security. These two beliefs have stalled her in pursuing her dream. Ryan walks Jade through the process of recognizing her self-limiting beliefs, acknowledging how they’ve influenced her decisions and illuminating where they stem from.

Our beliefs, he points out, are often formed in childhood. While they may have been useful as children — helping us feel secure — they now only serve to hold us back, not safe. Ryan guides Jade through a series of exercises to help her overcome her self-imposed limitations.

In listening to Jade’s story, Ryan hopes listeners will follow along, taking similar steps to identify their own personal self-limiting beliefs and challenge them.

“Here’s the kicker,” he says, speaking to listeners in the first episode. “Something is holding you back too.”

Where to Find “Breakthrough”

The first season of “Breakthrough” is five episodes, each approximately 20 minutes long. As of July 21, two episodes had been released on The Podcast App, which is available on the Apple App store and features a 7-day free trial period. Listeners who want to check out the podcast before downloading The Podcast App can listen to the trailer and first episode on Spotify, the Apple Podcast app and most major podcast platforms. Episodes 3, 4 and 5 will be released weekly on The Podcast App. A second season of “Breakthrough” will focus on trauma.

“Self- improvement is work,” Ryan said. “I hope this podcast will help individuals do the hard work they need to do to become the best versions of themselves.”

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Other Courses

In addition to “Breakthrough,” Ryan has several other courses and meditations featured on The Podcast App, including “10 Minutes to a Better You” — a podcast series of ten episodes, each approximately 10-minutes long, teaching simple tools and practices for actualizing one’s best self. The Podcast App has been an ideal fit for Ryan’s self-improvement content. The App, which was founded by some longtime friends of Ryan’s, was created with the intention of building both an expansive library of existing podcasts, and a platform for original content focused on personal development. The App’s tagline “Podcasts & Playlists for a Meaningful Life” summarizes the App’s mission — to help individuals build more meaningful lives. Ryan, who is a highly sought-after therapist and public speaker, was a natural fit for the App’s original content section.

“We are extremely proud of the work Ryan is doing through his podcast. And we are honored to have someone of his caliber on our leadership team,” said Marco Merida, President and COO of Guardian Recovery.

Ryan is new to the Guardian Recovery team. In June, he was announced as Guardian’s new Chief Clinical Officer.

“We know he will help lead Guardian Recovery as we continue to expand and provide the highest levels of addiction recovery services and therapeutic treatment available in the industry,” said Merida.

Before joining Guardian, Ryan was the Director of Program Development at All Points North Lodge, a trauma therapy and addiction recovery center in the mountains of Colorado. He held previous leadership roles as the Program Director for the Next Chapter Addiction Treatment Center, a men’s trauma and addiction healing center in Delray Beach, and as a Consultant and Certified Trauma Therapist for The Refuge, a 12-Step based trauma and addiction recovery retreat in Florida’s Ocala National Forest.

Ryan has been on the forefront of clinical research, including as a scientific research collaborator in the Neuroscience Department of the prestigious Stanford Medical School in California. He has trained in a wide range of treatment modalities, including Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Somatic Experiencing and therapeutic breathwork. Additionally he is an accomplished yoga and meditation instructor; he has been invited several times to lead meditations for members and staffers of the U.S. Congress.

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For more information about Ryan, Guardian Recovery, or the “Breakthrough” podcast series, please contact us anytime. Guardian’s team of Treatment Advisors are available 24/7 to answer your questions and guide you on your recovery journey.


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Ryan Soave brings deep experience as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, certified trauma therapist, program developer, and research consultant for Huberman Lab at Stanford University Department of Neurobiology. Post-graduation from Wake Forest University, Ryan quickly discovered his acumen for the business world. After almost a decade of successful entrepreneurship and world traveling, he encountered a wave of personal and spiritual challenges; he felt a calling for something more. Ryan returned to school and completed his Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling. When he started working with those suffering from addiction and PTSD, he found his passion. He has never looked back.

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Cayla Clark

Cayla Clark

Cayla Clark grew up in Santa Barbara, CA and graduated from UCLA with a degree in playwriting. Since then she has been writing on addiction recovery and psychology full-time, and has found a home as part of the Guardian Recovery team.

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